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Bethlehem judge recommends 60-day suspension for Colonie employees involved in Rod and Gun scandal

Wright has said in the past that Neeley and Romano are, "long-term employees with spotless records," and that she and her clients feel that their disciplinary proceedings are a result of political motivation by Supervisor Paula Mahan.

Neeley and Romano, with help from Wright, have also filed identical Supreme Court Section 78 lawsuits against the town, charging that the supervisor and town board acted in an illegal manner by disciplining them without having the power to do so, as they believe that only the supervisors in their respective departments had that power. They are seeking to have their charges dismissed, as well as compensation for the pay they have lost. Those lawsuits are still pending, Wright said.

Dwyer's recommendations come less than a week after the Colonie Town Board acted to adopt a policy that would designate specific spots where spoils could be dumped.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Thursday, Nov. 19 print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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